ARDEN ARCADE (CBS13) – Two homes in the Arden Arcade area were left unlivable after a fire ripped them apart late Monday night.

The scene was along Neptune Way, between Cottage Way and Ulysses Drive.

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Metro Fire says the flames started shortly before midnight. All seven people who were inside both homes were able to get out safely, along with a cat and dog.

A firefighter was suffered minor injuries while fighting the flames.

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Metro fire says more than 54 firefighters, a mix of Metro Fire and Sacramento Fire crews, responded to the scene.

The American Red Cross will be helping the now homeless residents.

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An investigation into what caused the blaze is now underway.